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Where am I?

You see nothing. A vast, flat, empty plain of shadow and static.


Where are my feet?

You look down. Nothing.


Who’s looking at me?

You gaze over the barren landscape and see a mirror.


Who is in the mirror?

A fake. A fraud. An impostor.


Is that true?

You think for a bit, but then nod your head.


Who am I?

You ponder a bit. “You’re not real.”


Try again. Who am I?

A sharp pain runs through your head. You support yourself on the mirror. “You’re not real.”


Try again. Who am I?

The throbbing grows, as your head feels as if it’ll explode. “You’re not real!”


Try again. Who am I?

“You’re not real!!!”

You scream, the static getting louder in response. You fall to your knees, the static slowly deteriorating to a low buzz. “You’re not real…” you whimper.


Denial won’t get you anywhere. Who am I?

“You… you’re…” you stumble on your words; desperately grabbing to any hope left.


Say it.

“You’re… me,” you realize.


Very good. Final question.

Who are you?



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Cornco- *splutters and dies* (talk) 19:22, 2 December 2022 (UTC)[]

I didn't really get the point of this "story" or what it was even meant to be upon my first read, and I feel like most other people who see it will feel the same way. I only know that it's supposed to be about impostor syndrome because Te informed me so.

The reason being, in my opinion, is because there's so little here that it can hardly even be considered a story. This is basically just an extended conceptualisation, like the prologue to an actual story that only serves to set the tone and establish the themes that'll be present in what's to come. Similarly to one of your other recent drafts, it can hardly stand on its own.

If you want to write a story about impostor syndrome, then I would suggest doing it through a narrative. You don't have to throw away what you've written here; it could be incorporated in a helpful way, albeit with some changes. The "you're not real" section, for example, is somewhat misleading - people with impostor syndrome don't believe they aren't real. That's much more akin to depersonalisation/derealisation disorder. You could always write a story about that instead if it's what interests you more, but don't get the two concepts confused.

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